Interesting Cat Breeds of the World
Number One: The American Curl
This feline breed is interesting for it’s ears. The American Curl had ears that turn away from their face, are backwards facing, and more towards the middle of the skull than normal. You might be tempted to reach out and pet them or play with their ears, but please don’t. The skin that makes up their ears is quite sensitive, and can be easily damaged. It’s thought that this breed is the result of a random mutation, and first appeared in California in 1981. Yoe and Grace Ruga of Lakewood, California are credited with discovering this breed and are thought to have been the first people to have brought the American Curl to the public. They are a medium sized cat, usually weighing between five and ten pounds. They will reach full adulthood after about three years. One of their most unusual features is that when they are born, their ears stand straight up – it isn’t until the reach the age of about three months that their ears curl back and then retain their permeant shape. However, their ears are still delicate when mature, and should be handled with great care. These cats are good indoors-only cats and will return all the love you give them. They make great companions and also do well with small children, which requires a certain kind of patience.
Number Two: The Munchkin
When you first gaze upon this breed, you might be thinking that you’re seeing a midget cat! Well, you’re not too far off in your assessment. These guys and gals have a normal sized body, but smaller than normal legs. Despite their small size, this breed are known for their loving temperament. They are also recognized to be extroverted, smart and people-friendly. Although they might be limited in the vertical jump (probably won’t be winning any basketball games) their legs and jumping ability are fully functional. These cats weigh in anywhere from five to ten pounds. Sometimes their hind legs are taller than their front legs, so they sometimes appear to be in a crouching position all the time. They come in a wide variety of colors, patterns and can have either short or long hair. They are also known for their love of playing hide and seek – that is, finding small object, and hiding them to be found later – usually where you’d least expect! Fairly new to the purebreed scene, the Muchkin or short legged was not formally recognized as a breed until 1995. There has also been some controversy, as it was unknown if breeding for short legs was causing them to have abnormal health issues. However, the good news is that some owners have gone so far as to have xray and MRI work done, and it appears that even though these cats are short, they do not suffer from any physical abnormalities, health issues or other problems.
Number Three: The Peterbald
Brought to the world from Russia during the early 1990s, this odd looking breed is known for it’s very large eyes, and eyes that sit on top of a cone-shaped head. The Peterbald is typically hairless, but are also officially recognized when they have a light covering of fur, or have a long coat that is stiff and bristly. This breed is known to be quite loving, devoted and affectionate. These cats love being around their human companions, and make excellent lap kitties – maybe it’s because of their lack of fur! They are also known to be highly intelligent and curious – qualities that just about everyone appreciates having in a pet. This breed also works well if you have a house full of small children, as they would prefer the company of humans to being alone – something cats are not typically known for.
Number Four: The Serengeti
This beautiful feline is an exotic breed that was custom designed to look similar to the African Serval, and was brought to the world by Karen Suausman in 1995. Through trial and error, and selective breeding, Karen mixed and matched oriental short-hairs and Bengals until she arrive at this amazing creature. These cats are known for their very long legs, and super soft fur. And it’s great that they have such soft fur, as you’ll want to be petting them all of the time! If you become the lucky owner of one of these cats, make sure that you have enough room in your home for them to run, leap and play. They are very active, and like to play “kittie freeway” often. They are also called “chatty katty” because they are very vocal (well, as much as a cat can be) and will use a variety of verbal queues to let you know what’s going on with them, or what they want. These cats do require a lot of attention, so before bringing one home, make sure that you can make the commitment – you don’t want these cats spending long amounts of time at home alone by themselves.
Well, there you have it. If you have know of an interesting cat breed we might have missed, drop us a line. And as always if you need help controlling you cat odor, we are always here for you.
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